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Tenant/Landlord (by vinny [NY]) Feb 10, 2010 7:10 AM
       Tenant/Landlord (by Barb [NY]) Feb 10, 2010 8:24 AM
       Tenant/Landlord (by vinny [NY]) Feb 10, 2010 8:47 AM
       Tenant/Landlord (by Theresa [TX]) Feb 10, 2010 10:18 AM
       Tenant/Landlord (by Barb [NY]) Feb 10, 2010 10:58 AM
       Tenant/Landlord (by LindaJ [NY]) Feb 10, 2010 11:02 AM
       Tenant/Landlord (by Peter [NY]) Feb 10, 2010 12:16 PM
       Tenant/Landlord (by vinny [NY]) Feb 10, 2010 12:52 PM
       Tenant/Landlord (by Virden [OH]) Feb 10, 2010 2:12 PM

Tenant/Landlord (by vinny [NY]) Posted on: Feb 10, 2010 7:10 AM

I'm a current property owner that will be using this as a rental in New York State. Does anyone know exactly what the landlord is responsible for providing a tenant in terms of utilities? I hear different utilities (i.e. water and heat, just heat, etc.). What primary utilities does NYS require a landlord to provide? Can this be negotiable in the month to month/lease? --69.114.xx.xxx

Tenant/Landlord (by Barb [NY]) Posted on: Feb 10, 2010 8:24 AM

What type of rental is it, a single-family house (SFH) or duplex or complex or mobile home? The rules are different depending on what you have. Our buildings have 3-6 units, we do not have SFHs or mobiles. Our buildings do not have separate water meters, so we pay the water. Our gas & electric meters are separate for each unit (apartment) so the tenant is responsible for their own electric & gas (heat). Many LLs include the utilities if they are not metered separately. We have it written into our rental agreement (we only do month-to-month, no leases) that the tenant is responsible for having the electric and gas in their own name and must leave them on for the duration of their residency.

Good source is the Attorney General's website, look for The NYS Tenant's Rights Guide. Also, your local code may have specifics on this topic, many have their info online. --24.59.xxx.xx

Tenant/Landlord (by vinny [NY]) Posted on: Feb 10, 2010 8:47 AM

This is a single family house rental. Thank you for the information. I was reading the NYS Tenant's Rights Guide and am confused about providing Heat and Water vs. Payment Responsibility. This is what is stated in the NYS Tenant Rights Guide:


Landlords must provide all tenants of multiple dwellings with both hot and cold water.


When the landlord of a multiple dwelling is delinquent in paying utility bills, the utility must give advance written notice to tenants and to certain government agencies of its intent to discontinue service.


Tenant/Landlord (by Theresa [TX]) Posted on: Feb 10, 2010 10:18 AM

LL is to provide not pay for, the same that you must provide electricity.

If the tenant stops paying their bill, the utility company will send a past due notice, and the a cut-off notice.

As for notifying certain government agencies prior to disconnection...call the utility company and ask what that means or how they notify. --64.148.xxx.xxx

Tenant/Landlord (by Barb [NY]) Posted on: Feb 10, 2010 10:58 AM

We don't have SFH experience, so wait for others to post to get their thoughts about keeping the water utility in your name or in the tenant's name, have seen prior posts about it with pros/cons, you could search Q&A to see the prior discussions.

As Theresa said, the LL must 'provide' the means for the hot & cold water - not necessarily 'pay' for the usage of the water. So the LL must provide a hot water heater and there must be water plumbed into the home. Then it's up to you if you put the water 'usage' bill in your name or require it be in the tenant's name. For the electric & gas or oil - whatever you use - again, it is your choice to put it in your name or make it a requirement of your lease for the tenant to have it in their name, which is usually recommended. The item you quoted for continuation of service does not apply to you - that's for multiples, not SFH.

Keep posting your questions, people will respond to help you out.


Tenant/Landlord (by LindaJ [NY]) Posted on: Feb 10, 2010 11:02 AM

A SFH can pay for all their utilities since they are using it all. There is no sharing of a meter with any other unit. Any single unit can pay their utilities as long as they are the only unit on the meter.

Be careful of having them pay for water / sewer since usually that is a lein against the property (owner) if they do not pay. In my area, National Grid will not notify the owner if utilities are being shut off, but you can file a form to have them transfered to your name if they are to be shut off. Of course then the tenant can have them shut off and they are in your name while they still live there.

Again, you have to provide them with the opportunity to have those utilities. Water and a hot water heater, heat, electric have to be available to the unit. --71.164.xxx.xxx

Tenant/Landlord (by Peter [NY]) Posted on: Feb 10, 2010 12:16 PM

If they are metered seperatly you can bill the tenant or put it in there name. As other people have said watch out for water that can come back to bite you. What part of NY are you from?? --71.127.xxx.xxx

Tenant/Landlord (by vinny [NY]) Posted on: Feb 10, 2010 12:52 PM

Thank you all for your responses. Peter, I'm from Nassau County. --69.114.xx.xxx

Tenant/Landlord (by Virden [OH]) Posted on: Feb 10, 2010 2:12 PM

You supply the pipes and the wires, they fill them up at their own cost. Try to avoid doing transfers as when the tenant falls behind the cost is automatically diverted to you. --99.160.xx.xx

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